Day Care Security System Hacked; Displayed On Russian Site

Posted at 5:22 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 20:15:44-04

Security video of children at a Murfreesboro daycare went global when it showed up on a Russian video site.

Police said it's a growing concern involving potential voyeurs from as far away as Russia.

To the owner of Stonebrook Day School in Murfreesboro, the security and privacy of their children is a serious matter.

"We're not in the IT business. We're in the business of taking care of children," said owner Rick Smith.

To that end, Smith set up a video security feed allowing families to watch their children - something many day cares provide.

Yet, after receiving an anonymous tip from a viewer in Arkansas Smith quickly took it down.

"I walked over to our webservers and pulled the plug," said Smith, who then called police.

"In this case the Russian website was displaying a live video feed from Murfreesboro, Tennessee from a daycare in our city limits," said Sgt. Kyle Evans.

He said someone accessed the daycare's live feed. It ended up on a site based out of Russia. Anyone could watch the kids anywhere.

"It certainly raises red flags," said Evans.

Sgt. Evans said its a concern, but not necessarily against the law. Sites like this one claim to legally access video feeds from all over the world.

"This video feed is an inside look at a hanger with multiple planes," said Evans pointing to a computer screen.

Another clip showed the inside of a hot tub factory.

"In this case you have a real time video from a barbershop," said Evans pointing to another example.

Sgt. Evans said Stonebrook did the right thing immediately shutting down the feed. Others may soon follow suit.

Smith said he takes no chances with safety of the children, and there's no sure way to secure such video feeds.

"We could get newer servers and within six months there will be people who can hack into those servers," said Smith.

There may not have been a crime to prosecute, but police said people need to be aware that unsecured video can be tapped into online.

Smith said he regrets pulling the video feed, and said he wants parents to know he'll restore it if he can be convinced it will remain secure.